Progress … of sorts …

One day last week when I could actually lift my arm to craft (LOLOL!), I finished the second repeat of my Kidsilk Haze Shawl then added five more rows. It’s not that much further along than the last time you saw it but hey … progress is progress!  Am I right or am I right?  😛

I think I’m going to take this on my upcoming trip to SC with my cousin.  It’ll freak her out that I’m knitting in public, but I don’t care.  #teampublicknitters  😀

IMG_3102Crafting wasn’t a total bust this week; on Friday night my “movie” was the first three modules of Abby Franquemont’s “Respect The Spindle” dvd.  I’ve had this since Cyber Monday 2012; got it during the Knit Picks sale.  I’ve looked at other videos via U-tube and Craftsy but this one is definitely the best instructional video I’ve seen.  It makes the stuff I read in her book so much clearer.  My goal is to work at my spindling again this week (I’m going to work at it tmw after work until it’s bedtime) then 45 mins every day before Friday.  Hmmmm …  maybe I can take my spindle to SC also.  💡

Hope you all got to work on your crafting more than I did last week!

Call Me: The Cheater …

One of the reasons why I don’t always complete KALs/CALs is because I have a wandering eye.  Yeah, I said it … I’m a cheater!  Oye vey!  Now everyone knows. 😛

I’ve taken a semi break from “this here” list … because I’ve been seduced by the simplicity of but oh so elegant “Kidsilk Haze Shawl”.  My cheating ways were most influenced by this one from Sam.  I’m so easy!  LOLOL!  😀

On a side-note, I love friends with large stashes so I traded yarn (my bare for her mohair blend) with my boo Erica F so I could still continue to cold-sheep while being able to continue my philandering with this project. 😉 Mail between NY and Delaware is super speedy and I was able to cast on today after getting them at work yesterday.  This one is going to take me a while although the pattern is uber easy.  I’m knitting on size 11 needles with lace weight yarn.  I already found a knot in the first skein 🙄 (I hate you Knit Picks) but the texture that mohair gives allowed me to just knit over it and not have that knot show.

Airy CowlI’ve also struck up a “thing” with another project aka “chick on the side” — the Stardust Cowl from designer Amanda Reed.  I totally missed my blogger-versary and totally did not post my goals for the next crafting year.  I’m finding that my inner crafty diva is pushing me to confront techniques and projects I love but were afraid to touch.  I think she’s getting ready to really bust out for 2013 / 2014 and I’m just being dragged along for the ride.  The Stardust Cowl speaks to all that.  It’ll be my first stranded project, done in the round and although the designer used variegated yarn to create the design, I’m using four contrast colours and aim to carry the colours up the side instead of cutting and weaving in for the colour changes.  I have to see how that works; if it turns out to be too bulky, I’ll have to cut then weave multiple ends in.

StargyThe name of this project reminds me so much of my dad … but I’ll post that story when I do the F.O. post.

And just so I don’t appear to be a total flake for this KAL/CAL, I’m also working on this hat — Drips!  Another colourwork project!  This one is by designer Bethany Hill. Yeah … it’s like that!  BOOM!!!  LOLOL!  My battery died so I couldn’t take a pic of the WIP, but as soon as they’re charged, I’ll give you a look.

What do you all have on your hooks and pointy stix?  😀  Hope you’re having some yarny fun!!!